BLOCKBUSTER! Well, not quite, but the Edmonton Oilers have finally made that goaltender trade everyone has been speculating they would since the season began. Except, instead of acquiring a goaltender, the Oilers unloaded one, to the struggling Nashville Predators.
Here is the deal: Edmonton Oilers trade Devan Dubnyk to Nashville Predators for C Matt Hendricks.
In return for the six-foot-six crease commander, the Oilers receive some depth at centre in Hendricks. He won’t score a bunch of goals, or boost the power-play, but Hendricks will help the Oil’s penalty-kill, and provide them with solid bottom six minutes. He’s a gritty player with more than 300 games of NHL experience.
The Preds have desperately needed a goaltender since Pekka Rinne fell ill with a hip infection in late October of this season. Last season saw a playoff miss in Nashville, and with Rinne sidelined for the bulk of 2013-14, an 82 game and done campaign appears to be in the works. The Predators sit second last in the Central Division, 8 points out of the final wild card spot. Wins are a must moving forward – Dubnyk will be tasked with helping to earn those wins.